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Saturday
Mar222014

Man with Perfect Bracket Didn't Enter Billion-Dollar Challenge

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a number of NCAA Tournament upsets on Thursday and Friday, Warren Buffett can rest easy; there are no perfect brackets remaining in the billion-dollar challenge.

Through 32 games, favorites like Duke University and Ohio State University have seen themselves eliminated, and so have millions of Americans' brackets. More than 11 million people are participating in ESPN's tournament challenge, and none of them are still flawless.

Quicken Loans, the sponsor for Buffett's billion dollar offer, said that 99 percent of all brackets were eliminated by either Ohio State University's loss to the University of Dayton or Duke University's loss to Mercer University.

Still, that doesn't mean that no one's bracket is perfect.

After 33 games, Brad Binder is reportedly the last man standing with a perfect NCAA tournament bracket, on Yahoo! Sports at least. The trouble is, the 23-year-old neglected to enter any pools. Not Warren Buffet’s billion dollar challenge, not Fox Sports’ $1 million prize, not even a dodgy office sweepstake.

A lifelong basketball player and Chicago Bulls and Fighting Illini fan, Binder said that this year he just “entered for fun to see what happened.” But as his picks kept winning over the last two days, the Illinois native began to regret not taking it more seriously.

“I wish I could give you a better reason why I didn’t enter, other than I was rushed and heading to work,” Binder told ABC News. “Obviously, I didn’t think I’d be where I am now.”

It took Binder all of five minutes to fill out his enviable bracket, which he aptly called “Brad’s Breathtaking Bracket.”

But Binder hopes to make up for his misstep by getting in touch with Quicken Loans and Warren Buffett to see if he can cut some sort of deal – he could really use the money for grad school, he said.

“I’m hot on Warren Buffett’s trail,” Binder said. “I’ve been tweeting him to get in contact to see if he’s feeling up to it.”

In the meantime, Binder has been feeling the adulation from Twitter fans who’ve hailed him the next “oracle” of college basketball.

Quicken Loans is still giving out $100,000 each to the 20 best "imperfect" brackets.

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